ENGGEN 737 : Engineering Risk Management


2024 Semester Two (1245) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The theory and practice of risk management, providing a comprehensive approach to identify, analyse, and treat risks inherent in engineering projects. Critical analysis and synthesis of risk management frameworks to deliver outcomes in scenarios of uncertainty and to communicate plans at a professional level. An independent project is undertaken in which students apply risk management theories to engineering projects.

Course Overview

Risks are inherent in all types of engineering projects. These risks can be positive (opportunities) or negative (threats). The effective management of risks in engineering projects enables project managers to prioritise their efforts to achieve the best outcomes for their projects. Risk management includes recognising the risks associated with all aspects of an engineering project and taking appropriate measures to capture opportunities and address threats. This course covers a broad-based understanding of the critical elements of risk and risk management within the engineering industry. It aims to advance students’ ability to successfully create, implement, monitor and progress effective risk management strategies for engineering projects.

Key elements of this course include risk management principles, risk management processes (risk identification, analysis, treatment and evaluation), risk in engineering contracts, and organisational risk culture. There will also be industry guest lectures to provide context and practical views of risk management in engineering projects. The course is designed to enable students to master risk management at an advanced level by dealing with complexity, open-ended problems, and ambiguity through the teaching materials as well as in the different assessment methods.

Course Requirements

Restriction: CIVIL 716

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 7: Collaboration

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate the critical elements of risk management within the engineering industry settings. (Capability 2.1, 3.1, 4.1 and 7.1)
  2. Identify and analyse risk management needs at the project and organisational levels. (Capability 2.1, 3.2, 4.2 and 5.1)
  3. Develop risk management strategies for complex, open-ended, real-world scenarios. (Capability 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2, 5.1 and 7.1)
  4. Practice risk management as an integrated part of engineering project management. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Individual Assignments 60% Individual Coursework
Group Assignments 30% Group Coursework
Discussions and Engagement 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Individual Assignments
Group Assignments
Discussions and Engagement

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15-point course, and students are expected to spend 10 hours for each point (i.e. a total of 150 hours over the whole semester).

For this course, you can expect 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials, and 114 hours for reading, assessments, and self-study.

Delivery Mode


Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities, including tutorials to complete components of the course.
The course will include live online events, including group discussions/workshops/tutorials, and these will be recorded where possible (expectations include times like breakout room sessions).
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester timetable, and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

There are no prescribed texts. Students may find a number of texts that cover the course material well and should refer to several where possible. The following texts are suggested:
[1] ISO 31000:2018
[2] Cooper, D. F., Grey, S., Raymond, G., & Walker, P. (2013). Project risk management guidelines: managing risk in large projects and complex procurements. Wiley.
[3] Yoe, C. (2019). Principles of risk analysis: decision making under uncertainty. CRC press.
[4] Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge, Sixth Edition (2017)
[5] Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge, Seventh Edition (2021)
[6] The Standard for Risk Management in Portfolios, Programs, and Projects (2019)

Health & Safety

Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Health and Safety section of the Engineering Postgraduate policies and guidelines.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Based on the feedback from students, the following improvements were made:

  • Improved live session experience - shorter and more frequent to enhance concentration; sharing tutorial content at the beginning of the week.
  • Improved the alignment between online tutorials and course materials.
  • Students appreciated the use of practical case studies illustrating how risk has been managed effectively or poorly. More real-world examples/case studies have been incorporated.

Other Information

Penalties will apply to late submissions as follows:
Time After the Due Date / Penalty
<=24 hours (1 day) -10%
>24 hours but <=48 hours (2 days) -20%
>48 hours but <=72 hours (3 days) -30%
>72 hours but <=96 hours (4 days) -40%
>96 hours but <=168 hours (7 days) -50%
>168 hours (7 days) -100%
Extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. If you want to apply for an extension, you should discuss your circumstances with the Course Coordinator before the assignment due date.
For medical circumstances, you should provide a copy (or original) of a medical certificate.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

If not already completed, you must complete the Academic Integrity Course. Failure to do so will not be accepted as an excuse for inadvertant plagiarism. https://uoa.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3474/~/academic-integrity-course
Canvas will be set up to allow you to submit Assignments to Turnitin as many times as you wish and you will also see the Similarity Score.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 01/11/2023 01:30 p.m.